Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the fellowship?

The goal of this fellowship is to provide advanced practice registered nurses an opportunity to enhance their expertise in cancer care and to carry that expertise throughout Texas, the nation, and the world to promote excellence in oncology nursing and positively impact the care of oncology patients and their families. Through completion of the fellowship, the fellow will gain in-depth experience in clinical oncology practice with selected experience in oncology focused teaching, clinical research application and utilization, presentation and publication.

How is the fellowship offered?

The fellowship is offered as a one-year clinical based experience along with post graduate level courses in oncology nursing. In addition, fellows will participate in a core curriculum of clinical study that will ensure exposure to the entire spectrum of oncology care from prevention to end of life.

Where is the fellowship offered?

The fellowship is based at the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

When is the program offered?

The fellowship is currently offered annually September thru August. 

How many fellowship positions are available and what are the requirements?

There are three or more fellowship positions available for the one-year program. The applicant must have a minimum of a clinical master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited university, be recognized as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas, have two years of nursing clinical experience and current clinical experience in the advanced practice role (experience can be either in APRN practicum or actual work experience).

Are Adult Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioners eligible for the fellowship program?


If I specialize in oncology, am I eligible to apply for the fellowship?

Texas Board of Nursing looks closely at specialized programs.  We recommend submitting your transcripts for our review as early as possible for us to evaluate possible eligibility.

What are the timelines for application to the fellowship?

The deadline to apply to the program is January 31. Telephone and on-site interviews will be scheduled for February - March.

I am currently enrolled in a Nursing Graduate Program.  When am I eligible to apply for the fellowship program?

To be considered for the fellowship program you have to have graduated no later than May of the year the fellowship begins in September.  You must also take and pass your certification exam immediately after graduation to allow adequate time, if you are accepted into the fellowship, for the credentialing and privileging process to be completed before the start date.  

What should I expect at the time of the on-site interview?

Applicants should be prepared to assume the travel and lodging costs for the interview. MD Anderson may assist with coordinating airline and/or hotel arrangements and airport transportation if needed. The interview process will encompass one full day. The applicant will meet with MD Anderson's Nursing Directors, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and administrative staff. A tour of the facilities will be provided. The candidates will not be required to give a presentation.

What stipend and benefits program is offered?

The fellow will be a full-time employee at MD Anderson and will receive a salary suitable for a post graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. An excellent benefits program includes comprehensive medical insurance. Dental and life insurance are available at low cost. There is no financial support for relocation and living expenses, but relocation information may be provided.

What support is offered for attending conferences and educational seminars?

There are division travel guidelines and requirements applicable for all staff and educational trainees, including arrangements for registration, airfare, etc. The program will determine the appropriate meetings for fellow attendance. Priority conferences may include ONS and programs reflecting the fellow’s clinical focus area.

What other support is available to the fellows during the fellowship?

The MD Anderson's Research Medical Library provides electronic access with excellent search capabilities. 

What living arrangements are available for the fellows?

Houston offers a wide variety of housing opportunities including many apartments and townhouses near the Texas Medical Center. The University of Texas maintains an apartment complex near the hospital for fellows, residents, and students. This complex, as well as others, has a shuttle service to and from the medical center complex.

What entertainment and cultural opportunities are available in the Houston area?

Houston has numerous entertainment opportunities for the enjoyment of the arts, theater, sports, recreation, dining, and shopping. The city offers major league sports, and special attractions such as the NASA/Johnson Space Center, and the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast.

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